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ScanDisk summaries can be printed


© St. Petersburg Times, published August 2, 1999

Q. Can you print ScanDisk diagnostic summaries?

A. ScanDisk records its findings in a file called ScanDisk.log, which is stored in the top-level folder (root directory) of the tested disk. In other words, if you run ScanDisk on your C: drive, there should be a file named C:\ScanDisk.log that can be edited with Notepad (or Word) and printed.

Moving a hard disk

Q. I am considering buying a new computer. Would installing the hard drive from my old computer as a second drive be a good way to transfer files from the old to the new computer? I use Windows 95 but the new machine probably will have Win98.

A. This is the best way to move files between hard drives. You will need to set the jumper pins accordingly on both the new drive (which will be known as the master, or C: drive) and the old drive (which will be the slave, or D: drive). The hard drives may have these settings marked, or you can read how to do this in the hard drive manual or at the hard drive manufacturer's Web site (such as Your CD-ROM will become the E: drive. However, if for some reason you are loading real mode drivers in your, you will need to adjust the /L parameter of the MSCDEX.EXE line from D to E. Also keep in mind that most programs will need to be reinstalled as opposed to just moved for the registry settings to be re-initialized

Deleting temp files

Q. Why do you suggest using DOS to remove temp files rather that deleting them through Windows Explorer?

A. Good question. While Windows is active, several files will be in use and can't be deleted. Also, sometimes you can delete one that is not locked and it will cause a problem when the program that created it tries to access it. Doing this from DOS assures that whatever file is there is not being used

Deleting temp files II

Q. In attempting to delete Windows temp files in Windows 95, I initiated the DOS prompt and changed to windowstemp. I did a dir*.* and came up with a bad command or file name. When I typed del*.* it came up with the same error message. I then pulled up the files by typing dir/w. Most had the tmp extension, but some started with the numbers 001, some were tif. extensions and some files were encased in brackets. Is it okay to delete the cookie temp files?

A. First, you need to insert a space between the command and the file specification (dir *.* instead of dir*.*). Do this for the del command as well. The file names that appear with the brackets when you do a dir/w are directories folders. To delete these, they must be empty (contain no other files or directories)

One way to accomplish this is to use the DELTREE command. DELTREE will delete all files and directories within the specified directory. DELTREE \WINDOWS\TEMP\*.* will delete the files in the TEMP directory, along with any directories and their associated files. Please note: Use DELTREE with caution. A mistake could send you looking for your backup disks in a hurry. While Windows is active, there are likely to be many files that are in use in the \Windows\Temp directory, and therefore can't be deleted. That is why I recommend doing it after booting to DOS.

The 001 could be anything -- from ScanDisk results to backup copies of other files -- and it probably is safe to delete. (You may want to first open them with Winpad or Notepad to check content.)

And, yes, it is okay to delete the cookie temp files. Be aware, however, that some of these cookies hold information that make access to some of the Internet sites you have visited more convenient.

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